ADVOCACY & INFORMATION
Advocating for WA Veterinarians and Animals
The WSVMA legislative advocate and staff monitor the legislative issues and potential rule changes that affect each and every veterinarian. This allows an unmatched presence and influence for veterinarians in Olympia, within the legislature, the Veterinary Board of Governors, and other regulatory agencies affecting our profession. The WSVMA has saved WSVMA members over $8 million since 1985.
Public Relations for the Veterinary Profession
The WSVMA employs a public affairs director to work with media and increase public awareness of important topics as well as to promote veterinarians and the value of veterinary services.
Quick Answers to Tough Questions
A visit to the WSVMA website or one call to our helpline (800) 399-7862 or (425) 396-3191 can save you dozens of calls and valuable time. The WSVMA staff is a trained and available resource whenever you have a question or concern.
Up to the Minute News and Information
WA Veterinarian Magazine is the association’s official publication dedicated to keeping members informed on veterinary issues in the state and around the country. The electronic format allows members to be informed at a moment’s notice when urgent issues arise.
WSVMA.org – a Premier Veterinary Resource
The WSVMA website provides the latest news, client resources, classifieds, events and information at the touch of a button. Through the Members Only log in, access resources on the topics of animal welfare, public health, practice management, legal questions, wellbeing, and being a new doctor.
The WSVMA website houses a private roster of veterinarians licensed in Washington.
Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference
The WSVMA presents the premier veterinary conference in the northwest corner of the United States. Two and a half days of innovative education designed to advance skills, improve practice, increase wellbeing and train the complete veterinarian. WSVMA members receive significantly lower rates than non-members to attend.
Cutting Edge CE Programs
The WSVMA provides cutting edge continuing education to help members stay abreast of the latest advances in veterinary medicine. Choose from high-quality programming on medicine, practice management, health & wellbeing, and more. WSVMA members receive significantly lower rates than non-members to attend quality continuing education programs.
The WSVMA publishes brochures for you to share with your clients such as Spay & Neuter, If You Lose a Pet, Infectious Diseases, and more. Download them off the WSVMA website.
Members receive confidential help for personal issues through the WSVMA-endorsed Washington Physician’s Health Program. Such issues may include and are not limited to depression, anxiety or substance abuse.
Members have access on the WSVMA website to a variety of resources that address professional wellness issues.
CAREER ASSISTANCE & ADVANCEMENT
Find a Vet and WSVMA Referral Service
When clients contact WSVMA or visit Find-a-Vet on the WSVMA website, we promote WSVMA member veterinarians and specialists in their geographical area.
Classifieds and Career Center
Place ads to find employment, hire veterinarians, sell equipment or buy a practice. WSVMA members receive a discount on all ads placed on the WSVMA website.
Veterinary Career Network (VCN)
Members looking for employment can conduct a free nationwide search by position, species, and location and receive valuable advice. Access the Veterinary Career Network (VCN) through the WSVMA website at www.wsvma.org and click on Vet Careers.
Free Ad for Relief Veterinarians
Relief veterinarians who are members receive a free ad on the WSVMA website making it easier for members to find timely help on short notice or long-term help for an illness or extended travel.
Leadership and Career Advancement Opportunities
Whether it’s volunteering for a task force or serving on the WSVMA Executive Board, opportunities to develop your leadership skills are a member benefit that will help you advance personally and professionally.
Power of Ten Leadership Academy
The WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Academy takes a small cohort of recent graduates and trains them in various leadership components over the course of a year. Hone your leadership skills and meet colleagues at the same stage in their career.
Recognition for Excellence
Each year, the WSVMA recognizes the outstanding achievements of its members through various awards.
Success starts with your connection to your professional community and you have to look no further than the WSVMA for your tribe. By being a member of the Association, you are automatically joined with others, who like you, are passionate about creating a better environment for veterinarians, their patients and their clients.
The WSVMA holds the shared knowledge of members from all facets of the profession, including WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, regulatory medicine, specialty clinicians, industry and research. Participating in WSVMA programs provides veterinarians opportunities to make career connections, friendships and learn new information that will enhance you personally and professionally
SAVINGS & DISCOUNTS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL VETERINARIAN
Reduced Dues First Five Years After Graduating
The WSVMA is committed to helping young veterinarians get started in their careers. The first year following graduation is complimentary, and the following four years is half-price.
Discounted Legal Services
WSVMA Members receive a 10 percent discount on attorney fees. Contact Drew Stokesbary, Attorney at Law, at (206) 486-0795.
Financial Strategies Planning
Complimentary consultation plus reduced rate package for financial planning services. Medical Professionals Financial Group provides expert guidance to improve personal finances; i.e., debt management, budgeting, investment strategies, tax-minimizing strategies, retirement and estate planning. Fee-based financial planning with no product attachment. Based in Portland, OR and travels throughout WA Call Mackenzie Martin (530) 697-0817 or email her at [email protected]
Young Professionals Financial Planning
For grads the first two years out of school. Two complimentary consulting sessions are provided to help with budgeting, debt management, and risk management with an overview of employee benefits that can be expected in private vs. corporate practice. Planning on owning a home, purchasing a practice or need general financial advice? Based in Portland, OR and travels throughout WA Call Mackenzie Martin (530) 697-0817 or email her at [email protected]
Discounts from Cabela’s Corporate Outfitters
Discounts for members on hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. The discount level ranges from 0 -10% and is based off of the annual sales volume. The more gear that’s purchased under our account, the greater the discount. Call 800 242-1596 and use customer number 47204749. Discount applies to phone orders only
Discounts on Home and Auto Insurance
Liberty Mutual offers 10% discounts on insurance for the home and 5% on auto insurance in addition to industry standard discounts. Call (360) 705-0600.
Hertz Car Rental Discounts
Hertz offers discounts on upgrades and rental car agreements. Contact Hertz directly at (800) 654-3131 and use code CDP# 1702875 to make your reservation.
Custom Imprinting for Cards, Stationary and Magnets
Paws to Remember, a division of Stroke of the Heart, Inc. offers a 10 percent discount to members on pet sympathy cards and office notes. Visit www.ptrcards.com or call (888) 331-8688 and tell them you’re a WSVMA member.
BENEFITS & SERVICES FOR YOUR PRACTICE
WSVMA Group Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
The WSVMA has teamed up with the Affiliated Associations of America (AAOA) to bring members an association plan for veterinary practices. Through the WSVMA’s partnership with AAOA, member veterinarians and their staff have access to group medical, dental and vision coverage. AAOA brings the advantages of large group plans to smaller employers with a fixed administrative approach to healthcare. AAOA also offers other benefits such as travel discounts and business services. For more information and to get started, visit AAOA at www.aaoamerica.org or www.aaoahealthcare.org or call (866) 968-0545
Low Rate Credit Card Processing
Since 1995, Alliant USA has provided WSVMA members continued low rates on credit card processing as well as excellent service. Contact Mike Eisenman at (425) 226-2242.
I.C. System Account Collections
Increase your cash flow, reduce collection expense, and increase your profitability. Call (800) 279-3511.
On-Hold Specialists Discounts
On Hold Specialists works with veterinary clinics to keep their on-hold programs fresh, topical and relevant. Call Jim Reed at (888) 546-3949, email or visit onholdspecialists.com, and make sure to mention that you are a WSVMA.
Website Design and Hosting Services
Officite specializes in designing and maintaining websites for the medical profession. Officite delivers customized, professional medical websites that are easy to set-up, easy to maintain and most importantly, effective at attracting new patients. See the WSVMA website for details.
Tamper-resistant Rx pads and laser paper
The WSVMA has partnered with Rx Security to provide member discounts, easy ordering and expedient shipping on tamper-resistant prescription pads and laser paper. WSVMA members will receive a 15% discount on all products. Rx Security is Department of Health approved supplier. Rx Security has a quick turnaround time, typically shipping orders within 24-48 hours of reception. Visit www.rxsecurity.com/wsvma-order.
Veterinary Career Network (VCN)
Employers looking for new team members can post ads on this nationwide veterinary website for veterinarian and staff positions. Access the Veterinary Career Network (VCN) through the WSVMA website at wsvma.org and click on Vet Careers.
Staples Business Advantage Discounts
Fantastic cost savings and convenient online ordering exclusively through StaplesLink.com. You’ll enjoy faster access to more products, plus an array of value-added services from Staples to make supplying your office easier. To register today, please contact the sales team at (800) 950-1257.